Many Catholics are choosing to conclude the Year of Mercy with a renewal in our commitment to being a Church of Mercy. A fitting way to do so is by participating in a self, or small group retreat called, “33 Days to Merciful Love” based on a book by Fr. Michael Gaitley, author of the popular Marian Consecration program, “33 Days To Morning Glory”. Participants would begin the 33 days on or about October 18, 2016. We will celebrate the Consecration to Merciful Love during 11:45am Mass on November 20th, 2016.
Books may be purchased at the Parish office for $5 each, or may be found at Trinity House bookstore, or online (Amazon Kindle Edition). Our parish will celebrate a consecration to Divine Mercy near the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20th, 2016.
Fr. Gaitley will be giving a retreat at Savior Pastoral Center on October 28th and 29th, 2016 entitled “Mercy and Mary Retreat Weekend”. The retreat is sponsored by the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy. Register Here at the Marian Missionaries website.
Please register below for online access to Fr. Gaitley’s videos purchased by our Parish for private or small group viewing as well as communication regarding this consecration to Divine Mercy. You may also contact Ray Martin at the Parish office 913-681-3348 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Fr. Tom leads an RCIA class and fellow parishioners through the history and traditions of the Mass. Watch as he shares his wisdom and love gained from 50+ years of bringing this celebration of the Eucharist to our community.
Pre Mass Duties:
- Lead usher should arrive 30 minutes before Mass and the others ushers should arrive 25 minutes before Mass. Sections are either assigned or selected. There is a diagram in the ushers log book. Familiarize yourself with where things are and what is going on in the gathering area so that you can help answer questions if asked. People come to you first.
- If there is a special collection or anything extra during Mass, there is usually a note on the counter over the safe (or in the ushers log book). Please share this information with all other ushers.
- Ushers will help greet & open the door for the congregation when we aren’t busy with other duties. Doors to the sanctuary should remain closed before Mass to keep the noise of the gathering area out while people pray, but ushers can open for people entering the church.
- 2 ushers take a Secure Pak bag from the top of the pile in the safe cabinet and write on the bag the date and Mass time. They then go to the Usher’s log book and write the date, mass time and their signatures (2) next to the line in the log that matches the number on the bag.
- 1 usher can then take the bag and place it on the table in the gathering area under the television and take out the collection baskets.
- Assign an usher to find a family to be gift bearers. Instruct them on the following:
- Come to the baptismal font during prayers of the faithful.
- Wait for the altar server, who will bring them to the front of the priest.
- Carry the bread and wine to the priest.
- Bow and return to your seats after the priest has taken the gifts.
- Remove bulletins and ascents before Mass begins from the center table in the gathering area. So that parishioners aren’t reading them during Mass.
- Place a gluten free host on the credence table up front when requested. (see gluten free below). Inform the person requesting to sit in section 4(or at least go to the priest to receive communion).
Mass & Communion:
- As church fills up, help people find seats by asking others politely to make room. Also encourage people not to sit in the windows unless the pews are full.
- After Mass begins and before the first reading, you can help find seats for the people still in need of one. Please do not seat anyone during the readings – wait until the congregation stands for the Alleluia (which starts the gospel) to let the others take a seat. We will have signs on brass poles to point, that state to refrain for taking a seat during the readings.
- Get your collection baskets when the prayers of the faithful are being said. When Father says, “The children may bring up their gifts”, you can start handing out baskets.
Passing out baskets for collections:
- In sections 1,3,4,6 you drop a basket on the first row then at odd number pews. You will need to make adjusts for an open front row. The baskets should be distributed so that each row passes it down then back up.
- In wing sections 2&5 drop a basket at the front rows then drop one basket in each section behind the front rows. Make sure you pick up the front row before someone hands a basket back into one of the side rows.
- Most sections get 3 baskets. Section 6 has fewer pews due to the choir, so two baskets should be sufficient.
- Section 6 usher should pass through the cry room after section 6 is complete to collect there.
- After the collection, all collection baskets are dumped into the security bag at the same table in the gathering area. The bag is then sealed. Keep the strip off the bag to be placed in the pocket of the log book.
- Two ushers walk the bag to the safe and put it into the safe. The strip from the bag seal is then placed into the pocket of the usher’s log book.
- Assist with Communion traffic flow & inform the EM (Eucharistic Minister) of those disabled & elderly in need of communion and where they are seated. These few people should receive Communion after the congregation for efficiency.
Post Mass Duties:
- Prop open glass doors after the final blessing
- Help pass out bulletins & Ascents
- Soon after Mass is completed, close the glass doors. This is to keep the Church cool or warm, depending on the season.
- Go through your assisted section and tidy up the church & cry room for the next Mass.
- Normal dress code – Coat & tie or crew shirt with a jacket are appropriate anytime
- Seasonal dress code-June thru September are the months that it’s OK not to wear a jacket. The month of May has several special liturgical celebrations. It is preferred to stay more formal for these. Ties with a long sleeved shirt, long-sleeve shirt or jacket with a sport shirt are acceptable for seasonal dress. Women and young people that are ushering should wear appropriate attire for Church.
Gluten Free Hosts:
When a gluten free host is requested, retrieve the host from the freezer, place it in the pix & then put the host/pix on credence table in front of Church with all of the chalices & ciboriums. If there isn’t a pix in the freezer, look in the cabinets above the sink. If you are still unable to locate one, ask for help from an EM (Eucharistic minister).
We pray that these Catholic resources help in your discernment for voting responsibly in the 2016 elections. The video below from Cardinal Wuerl is particularly inspiring, well worth the 45 minutes of viewing.
Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States with Introductory Note
More information can be found at www.kscathconf.org
Fr. Alessandro offered this live session on prayer October 12, 2016 here at Ascension.
Saturday June 17th 8:30am-Noon
Church of the Ascension, Overland Park
Ignition is a half day conference to equip young worship leaders and those interested in learning the craft of leading others in musical prayer with skills, and fellowship in order to better serve our parishes and community by offering training sessions on:
- liturgy music
- prayer & service
- youth event worship
- Conference Registration
- Light Breakfast
Special thanks to St. Paul’s Outreach for their partnership to help more worship leaders activate their calling!
Thrive! by Dr. Laurie Heap introduces parents to new information needed for your kids to foster well-being and healthy relationships. Through this parenting workshop you will be equipped with new skills based on research that will help your children:
- Have better health (few sick days due to infectious illness)
- Focus attention
- Relate better to peers (even in cases of teasing in the middle school years)
- Better understand people and have more empathy
- Foster better friendships
- Perform better academically
The information offered on well-being is also connected to our Catholic faith’s doctrine, the sacraments, and morality. By showing concrete connections between thriving and the faith, children are better able to evangelize within secular culture and make spiritual growth and development an intrinsic, rather than extrinsic goal.
Due to the length of time, childcare will not be provided. Please feel free to bring infants. Nursing accommodations will be available. Contact Ray Martin with questions at the Parish Office or email@example.com.